|2023 Date||9 January 2023|
|2024 Date||8 January 2024|
|UK & Common Holidays|
|Misc. & Int'l. Observancesℹ|
Plough Monday History
Plough Monday seeks to commemorate the medieval tradition of pulling a plough throughout communities. This act was performed by ploughmen in the medieval era as a way to collect money for the local church. Ploughmen were farmers organized in guilds or associations. They would pull ploughs as part of processions with the hopes of receiving blessings from the church. This day pays tribute to the groups of ploughmen who would head out on Plough Monday to collect money. In the 16th century, in opposition of reformers, ploughmen continued to carry on with plough processions in honour of the new agricultural cycle. They used the money for recreational purposes instead of supporting the church however. In the 18th century, this day consisted of playful and celebratory processions. Ploughboys would pull a plough referred to as a fool plough. Plays and folk dances would also accompany the day.
Today, Plough Monday continues to be celebrated as a religious and festive custom. Farmers carry decorative ploughs to be blessed by the local church. Many people carry out plays and perform traditional folk dances. It is also custom to dress up and parade through town. This day is observed annually on the first Monday after the 12 days of Christmas (The Twelfth Night).
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